Convection ovens ensure faster cooking times, all while using less energy than standard cookers. Find out why they are the perfect addition to your kitchen countertop and our top pick for the best convection oven this year.
Convection ovens are like traditional ovens with a few differences. These energy-saving appliances cook food faster due to the convection element that moves heat from top to bottom and typically have multiple pre-set cooking modes.
They may be too small for some families or people who unnecessarily larger counter space than others. Still, if you need an appliance that does the job efficiently, a convection oven might just do it better.
With the help of our professional chefs, we rated these five models based on a variety of factors. We tested five popular models to find out which ones excelled in cooking time, temperature consistency, heat distribution, usability, and durability. We also considered cost and value before ranking our shortlist. Let’s get into it.
This is another standalone, and comes with a stylish stainless steel finish. It gives you all the performance of a full-size oven but on your kitchen counter. It has nine pre-programmed settings so you can set it to precisely the temperature you need. The Asodo Roast function automatically adjusts the heat during cooking to ensure that your roast comes out perfectly. You can broil, bake and heat up in it. Roomy inside, it can accommodate two 12” pizzas and smaller whole birds for roasting. With a non-stick coating on the oven cavity, it’s easy to keep clean. It has a 120-minute timer, and comes with a 12″ non-stick multipurpose pan, a 12″ broiling rack, a cooling rack and a non-stick drip tray.
Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven
Like the Breville BOV845BSS, comes with Element IQ that automatically adjusts temperature during cooking. Its backlit LCD is color-coded, changing from blue to orange during cooking. It has nine pre-set functions, including settings for bagels and cookies as well as warming, roasting and broiling. Its non-stick interior makes it simple to wipe up any mess. It’s also got a drip/crumb tray that’s removable via the front of the oven for ease. You can toast six slices of bread at once in the Breville BOV800XL and you can cook a pizza or roast a chicken in it. It’s a slightly smaller oven than some others, meaning that as well as saving on space, it also saves you time by heating up more quickly.
Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro
This Breville model comes with Element IQ that makes it, as the name suggests, a very clever oven. It adjusts and controls the heat according to whatever you’re cooking and has ten pre-set functions, with light and slow cook settings. The slow cook function is particularly useful if you’re out and about and want your meal ready for you when you get home. You can set it to warm through for a few hours or cook on a low setting for up to ten hours. You can also set it to defrost. The Breville BOV845BSS comes with an enamel baking pan and broiling rack. You also get a 13″ non-stick pizza pan. All in all, this is a very versatile oven.
Cuisinart TOB-135 Deluxe
This oven has nine built-in functions and can handle a whole range of dishes. Whether you’re rustling up a show-stopping cake or a roast dinner or just baking potatoes, the Cuisinart can cope with them all. It’s a very spacious oven. You can toast six slices of bread, cook a 12” pizza or roast a whole chicken. The oven’s Exact Heat sensor ensures that you’re maintaining a precise temperature to get the results you want. It’s also got the Always Even shade control setting for your toast, so the demanding amongst you can get the exact shade you prefer. The large digital display makes the Cuisinart easy to control. It’s also got a one-minute back-up, so a power surge or cut doesn’t have to ruin your dinner.
Black & Decker CTO6335S
This is a standalone oven, meaning that there’s no need for installation. Just put it down on a suitable surface, plug it in and you’re ready to go. Sleek and compact, it’s still big enough to cook a casserole or a 12” pizza. With an extra-large digital display and one touch controls, it’s easy to use. You can bake, broil, re-heat or warm though – all the capabilities you’d expect of an oven, but at a fraction of the size. You can even toast in it. A detachable crumb tray makes it simple to clean. It also has a 120-minute timer with a bell and auto-shut off and comes with a baking pan.
What is a Convection Oven?
A convection oven (also known as fan-assisted ovens) is a type of cooker that uses fans to circulate heated air inside its chamber, before releasing it through its exhaust system. This design helps to cook food evenly and quickly when compared to regular non-convection ovens. They also use about 30% less energy than standard gas or electric ovens.
Convection ovens have many benefits because they allow for faster cooking times, better heat distribution, and less energy usage when compared to conventional gas or electric models (about 30% lower). You get steady and reliable temperatures with no hotspots.
Why should you take notice of these home cookers? Here are the key benefits of convection-ready ovens.
Cooking time is reduced by up to 30%. Convection cooking can be done faster because it cooks with less energy and uses heat-spreading technology, allowing for even heating throughout the chamber. If you’re looking for a way to save time during meal preparation, this might just be what you’ve been waiting for.
How to Use a Convection Oven
If you’re new to convection heat ovens, there can be a quick learning curve on your first use. Here’s what to keep in mind for using it efficiently to get the best results for your food.
Lower the temperature
To set your oven to convection mode, you need to manually input the temperature. You should lower it by 25 degrees Fahrenheit on the convection cooking setting. Because they tend to cook hotter, you will see a lot of pre-packaged food state different cooking temperatures depending on the type of oven you’re using.
Maintain good airflow
For best results with your convection oven, make sure to use trays, roasting pans, and baking pan that have lower sides so the air can circulate well over the food.
Monitor your food
Even with a lower temperature, food might be cooked quicker. Check your food about 5-10 minutes early to see if you need to take it out of the oven or tweak the temperature.